Why am I not Swiss again??

August 26, 2010

So I've been away from the blogosphere for several weeks now and as badly as I feel about it, I really don't. I spent a wonderful 2 weeks touring Italy and Switzerland with my hunk.  The perfect end of summer, getting ready to move to Cincinnati trip that we needed.  Yes, our apartment is in shambles, our puppy is reeking much havoc at my in laws and we spent an un-godly amount of money but really, does any of that matter?? well, kind of but oh well!  On a serious note, I can not get over Switzerland's beauty. It is absolutely magical.  My absolute favorite place in the world has become Vals, Switzerland.  I felt like we were in some fantasy world. Every single place my eyes landed was beyond photo worthy.  Which leads me to the question- Why am I not Swiss again?  Enjoy the small taste of our photos. We had such a lovely time.  























photo credits lindsay & nick dewald

Welcome to my life.

August 10, 2010

I. Need. This.

Apparently I should be making $320,000 a year....


Thank you NYtimes for acknowledging the importance of us lowly preschool and kindergarten teachers! According to a recent study kindergarten teachers are worth $320,000! Dear school administrators and government funding- you hear that!?  Here's how the figure translates:
Students who had learned much more in kindergarten were more likely to go to college than students with otherwise similar backgrounds. Students who learned more were also less likely to become single parents. As adults, they were more likely to be saving for retirement. Perhaps most striking, they were earning more.  All else equal, they were making about an extra $100 a year at age 27 for every percentile they had moved up the test-score distribution over the course of kindergarten. A student who went from average to the 60th percentile — a typical jump for a 5-year-old with a good teacher — could expect to make about $1,000 more a year at age 27 than a student who remained at the average. Over time, the effect seems to grow, too.


Also noted: Good early education can impart skills that last a lifetime — patience, discipline, manners, perseverance. The tests that 5-year-olds take may pick up these skills, even if later multiple-choice tests do not.


BOOYA! Now do you see the importance of early childhood education?  I rest my case....
Full Article.

Be organic with B nature

August 2, 2010

Many of you know by now that I write the blog for the fantastic B nature organic baby clothing line.  B nature products are made from the finest 100% organic cottons, produced without the use of harsh pesticides. The organic cotton is grown in healthy farming communities sewn under fair labor conditions incorporating living wages, employee housing,  meal plans, and health care. Pretty cool, right?  Without a doubt the most comfortable pieces of clothing you could possibly put your baby in.  So while your little one is feeling snuggly, you'll feel good knowing you purchased baby-wear  from a company who cares about the well being of YOUR child and the well being of OUR planet.  Can you say Win-Win? Here is a preview of some cuteness. Now get on over to the online store and make that baby of yours happy as a bee!  Also, check B nature out on Facebook and Twitter.  We LOVE "likes" and followers! 

 

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